Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

February, 2002
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Descanso's Camellias Galore!
Camellias at Descanso Gardens, Thursday, February 21 and Saturday and Sunday, February 23 and 24, 2002

Thursday, Feb. 21, 7:30pm, Van de Kamp Hall: Joint meetings of several camellia societies feature talks on culture, care and cultivation

Saturday 10:00am and Sunday 12:30pm: Camellia Forest Walks featuring thousands of blooms with a wide variety of forms and colors, including one of the newest -- yellow!

The camellias will remain blooming impressively for several more weeks, so go whenever you can. Meeting and Walks are free with garden admission ($5 general, $3 senior/students/youth). For more information, call 818-952-4400 or visit the Descanso Garden Web site.

Favorite or New Plant

Fragrant Rose Varieties
If you're still in a quandary about which new roses to purchase, but definitely want fragrant ones, here are some guidelines.

The seven basic scents most often found in hybrid tea roses are apple, clover, lemon, nasturtium, orris, rose, and violet. Other scents are anise, bay, fern, geranium, honey, hyacinth, lily-of-the-valley, linseed oil, marigold, moss, orange, parsley, peppers, quince, raspberry, and wine.

In general, the most highly scented roses are the ones that are darker in color, have more petals to the flower, or have thick, velvety petals. Reds and pinks tend to smell "like a rose;" whites and yellows like lemon, orris, nasturtium, and violet; oranges like clover, fruit, orris, nasturtium, and violet.

Fragrance is strongest early on warm, sunny days when the soil is moist. "Old standby" fragrant varieties include Chrysler Imperial, Crimson Glory, Dolly Parton, Double Delight, Fragrant Cloud, Garden Party, Granada, Intrigue, Ivory Fashion, Lemon Sherbet, Mister Lincoln, Papa Meilland, Sunsprite, Sutter's Gold, Sweet Surrender, and Tiffany. Only two varieties are fragrant even on cool, cloudy days -- Chrysler Imperial and Sutter's Gold.

Great cutting roses include:

Red: Mr. Lincoln, Olympiad, Viva

Pink: America, Bewitched, Cherish, Color Magic, Duet, Sonia, Touch of Class, Voodoo

Purple: Deep Purple, Intrigue, Paradise

White: French Lace, Honor, Iceberg, Pascali

Orange: Gingersnap, Marina, Prominent

Yellow: Gold Medal, New Day, Summer Sunshine

When transplanting roses, add humus and potash, but be spare with nitrogen fertilizers, as these hasten the emergence of new foliage which may be damaged by late frosts.

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